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6 Best Open Source Audio Players and Editing Tools

Six open source audio players and audio editing tools to help computer users spend less money on creating and consuming multimedia content.

While some commercial audio and video software can cost hundreds of dollars, open source software often offers very similar -- or better – features and capabilities for free.

The following list of 6 open source replacements for audio players and audio editing tools, courtesy of Datamation.com, will help computer users spend less money on creating and consuming multimedia content.

Open Source Audio Players

1. Discover Music With Songbird

- Replaces: iTunes
- Operating System: Windows, OS X, Android

More than just an audio player, Songbird positions itself as a way to discover music effortlessly with recommendations based on your interests and your Facebook friends' likes. It offers Web, desktop and Android versions, with an iPhone version on the way.

2. Amarok Integrates with Multiple Web Services

- Replaces: iTunes
- Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS

Amarok's claim to fame is its integration with multiple Web services, including Last.fm, Ampache, Magnatunes, MP3tunes, Echo Nest, Jamendo and others. It can also import your iTunes database, including your statistics and ratings.

3. Aqualung Plays Most Types of Audio Files

- Replaces: iTunes
- Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

The Aqualung app plays most kinds of audio files, including audio CDs, internet radio streams and podcasts. Other features include gap-free playback of consecutive tracks, multiple playlists, multiple skins and support for numerous input and output file types.

Open Source Audio Recorders and Editors

4. Busy Professionals Use Ardour

- Replaces: Sonar X1, Adobe Audition, Sony ACID
- Operating System: Linux, OS X

Suitable for use by professionals, Ardour offers highly advanced audio recording, mixing and non-linear editing capabilities. Key features include unlimited tracks, unlimited undo, 32-bit floating point audio path, sample accurate automation, more than 200 plug-ins and much more.

5. Audacity Works Well for Garage Bands and Hobbyists

- Replaces: Sonar X1, Adobe Audition, Sony ACID
- Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

While it isn't as full-featured as the commercial audio recording tools above, Audacity offers an impressive set of capabilities suitable for garage bands and hobbyists who are just getting started. It records live audio, converts among various file formats, allows users to edit sounds together in various ways and much more.

6. Frinika is Best for Amateur Musicians

- Replaces: Sonar X1, Adobe Audition, Sony ACID
- Operating System: OS Independent

Like Audacity, Frinika offers music recording and editing features suitable for amateur musicians. Key features include sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder and piano roll/tracker/notation editing.

Read the complete article: 80 Open Source Replacements for Audio-Video Tools on Datamation.com

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